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Shaped by Faith Courses

Shaped by Faith Online Learning

Shaped by Faith webinar learning opportunities are available through The Stevenson School for Ministry. Participants can learn online and/or face-to-face in small groups. Five-week e–learning opportunities are available at no cost through our Diocesan voucher system.

Shaped by Faith

As part of the Shaped By Faith program, individuals and/or parishes may have tuition covered for Shaped By Faith courses. Approximately $5,000 worth of vouchers are available each term and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. When registering for a course(s), please check the box: I/We would like to use a Shaped By Faith voucher for this course. You will also need to check the appropriate box if you are taking the course as an individual or as a parish (2 or more individuals belonging to the same parish). If you have any questions, please contact

Summer Term (June 1- August 15, 2020)

Becoming the Beloved

Becoming the Beloved Community

FACULTY: Kevin Barron & Kathleen Schwartz
DATES: Sundays at 5:00 p.m. beginning June 7

Using the framework of the Episcopal Church’s “Becoming a Beloved Community” this course on antiracism will lead participants through four pillars rooted in the Baptismal Covenant; Telling the Truth about the Church and Race; Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community; Practicing the Way of Love; and Repairing the Breach in Society and Institutions. The course is designed to provide future and current leaders of the church with the knowledge and background to combat the sin of racism, particularly focusing on dismantling systemic racism within and outside of the institution of the Church.

Deacon Cross

Deacon’s Path

FACULTY: Jane Miron & Hank Morrow
COST:$300 for credit $100 to audit

This course is designed for those thinking and wondering about the ministry of deacon and for those in the certificate program for the diaconate. Includes understanding the role of the deacon in the “Jesus Movement.”

Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

FACULTY: Deirdre Good
COST: $300 for credit $100 to audit

This online course is a critical introduction to and exegetical study of the Gospel of John. Attention is given to the literary character, narrative techniques, and theology of the fourth gospel. Ideally, participants will have studied the Synoptic Gospels before taking this course. All are welcome.

Episcopal Church

History of the Episcopal Church

FACULTY: Mark Scheneman
COST: $300 for credit $100 to audit

This is a course in the basic history of the Episcopal Church. We will begin with a consideration of the planting of colonial Anglican churches and the struggle for stability and identity, especially in the wake of the American Revolution. The course will conclude with a decade of renewal (1980-90) and some reflection on directions and developments, which continue to shape our church of the present.

Holy Places

Holy Places: Liturgy in Space and Time

FACULTY: The Rev. Thomas Joyner
COST: $75.00
DATES: Asynchronous online course with direct access to the instructor

In this class, we walk by video through several common liturgical spaces (all located in the Diocese of Alabama) and show how each has something theological to say for our liturgy. The class meets for six sessions and its organized around our “Liturgical Centers”: font, pulpit, altar, Presider’s chair, choir space, and congregational space. This class is an asynchronous, online course, with direct access to the instructor.

Joining the Jesus Movement

Joining the Jesus Movement

FACULTY: Kate Harrigan
COST: $75 per individual or $150 for a parish team of 2 or more / FREE for SBF congregations

This five-week course module centers on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calling us to join the Jesus Movement in a loving, liberating and life-giving Way. It is designed to address the ways in which we understand our call to participate in God’s mission in the world and how that call may be implemented in lay ministry or in ordained ministry.

Current SSFM students can register online here. If you are new to our school, register here.

If you would like more information about these courses, please contact:
The Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, Dean
Phone: (717) 315-8088